Violence And Its Effects On The United States

1216 Words Dec 12th, 2016 5 Pages
Violence is a necessary proponent to history. Without violence we as human species would struggle to evolve and the United States would currently not exist. In the decade preceding the civil war, sectional and political tensions regarding the expansion of slavery into new territories grew larger. With the emergence of the Republican Party in the mid ninetieth century, the United States experienced a sectional pull between those who were pro-slavery Democrats, and those who were anti-slavery expansion Republicans. Emotions regarding the expansion of slavery yielded barbaric acts across the country including the canning of Charles Sumner, the hanging of John Brown, and the violence that construed in the Kansas territory. Each of the victims were white, were antislavery, and fell victim to the violence of a pro-slavery Democrat outraged by their actions. These acts of violence swayed many Democrats voters to the Republican Party setting the platform for success for Republican Presidential Candidate Abraham Lincoln who won the election of 1860 with 180 electoral votes to Southern Democratic candidate Breckenridge 's 72. After the Congressional passing of the Kansas-Nebraska Act, the people of the Kansas territory had the power to determine the status of their territory, free or slave, by popular vote. This idea of popular sovereignty provoked the political tensions between northern and southern ideals and yielded extreme violence, putting Kansas on top as the Union state with…
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